Thomas Arnold - Family

Family

He married Mary Penrose, daughter of the Rev. John Penrose of Penryn, Cornwall. They had three daughters and four sons, including the poet Matthew Arnold, the literary scholar Tom, and the author William Delafield Arnold. Their eldest daughter Jane Martha married William Edward Forster, and when William Arnold died in 1859, leaving four orphans, the Forsters adopted them as their own, adding their name to the children's surname. One of these children was Hugh Oakeley Arnold-Forster, a Liberal Unionist member of parliament, who eventually became a member of Balfour's cabinet.

Arnold bought the small estate of Fox How, near Ambleside in the Lake District in 1832, and spent many of his holidays there. He is buried at Rugby chapel.

Thomas the Younger's daughter Mary Augusta Arnold, became a famous novelist under her married name of Mrs Humphry Ward, whilst Tom's other daughter, Julia, married Leonard Huxley, the son of Thomas Huxley and their sons were Julian and Aldous Huxley. Julia Arnold also founded in 1902 Prior's Field School a still existing girl's school in Godalming, Surrey.

He died suddenly of a heart attack in the midst of his growing influence.

Arnold Family Tree (partial)
Thomas Arnold
1795-1842
Mary Penrose
1791-1873
Matthew Arnold
1822-1888
Tom Arnold
1823-1900
Julia Sorell
1826-1888
William Delafield Arnold
1828-1859
Jane Martha Arnold
1821-1899
William Edward Forster
1818-1886
Mary Augusta Ward
1851-1920
Julia Arnold
1862-1908
Leonard Huxley
1860-1933
Hugh Oakeley Arnold-Forster
1855-1909
Lucy Story-Maskelyne
1861-1951
Julian Huxley
1887-1975
Aldous Huxley
1894-1963
William Arnold-Forster
1886-1951
Mark Arnold-Forster
1920-1981
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